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Formations of the cup and the rock

Elina Alekseeva

Formations of the cup and the rock

2022

Selenite

1 x 1 x 1 cm

status:

Returned

Mineral sculpture inspired by the processes of rock-water interactions, and our
perception of reality behind the naming of things.

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

Mineral sculpture inspired by the processes of rock-water interactions, and our

perception of reality behind the naming of things. Selenite, literally the stone of the

moon – selēnē, got its name due to its shine, translucency and prismatic, multifaceted

structure. Soft stone, that can be easily scratched with a ngernail, also quickly

dissolves and deconstructs in contact with water.


As a child, I remembered a saying of my grandmother: when the moon lays like a cup that spills water, it will probably rain. This little connection embraces the complexities behind the names and meanings preserved in languages and stories: memorization of the seasons and weather, and naming of materials after visual metaphors.


Still, a cup for water made of the moon-stone is impossible.


Playing with the idea of this interaction, I exposed selenite pieces to small drops of liquid, that over time formed a cup-looking deepening. A little ode to the formations of matter, and shared views of the world, inseparable from our imagination.

Technical information

artist

Elina Alekseeva

title

Formations of the cup and the rock

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Moon Gallery

medium

Selenite

dimensions

1 x 1 x 1 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

19 Feb 2022

launch  vehicle

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Return

return date

11 January 2023

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon 2

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-015B

partners

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

Artist

Elina Alekseeva

Artist

Russia

Collection

Moon Gallery

2022

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